are still men who remember seeing a huge keel being laid at Harland
and Wolff. They saw a four-funnell liner slowly rising ribs-first
from her giant cradle.
witnessed the building of the mighty Titanic. And they were among an awe-struck
crowd of 200,000 who saw the wonder of the sea slide gracefully
stern-first into the River Lagan, red rockets firing and bands playing.
than 80 years on, they could live to see the construction of a second
Titanic in the same shipyard.
last week Harland & Wolff were drawing up plans to build an exact
replica of the original liner, which sank after hitting an iceberg on
her maiden voyage in April 1912, with the loss of 1,523 lives.
of the second Titanic was conceived by a Japanese consortium which,
wants to create the world's most unusual holiday and business complex
- Japan's answer to Disneyland.
Harland & Wolff shipyard workers, many the grandsons of the men
who built the original 882-foot liner, would like nothing more than
the chance to build it.
office near the site of the mammoth slipway and gantries used to
build the first Titanic, company marketing executive Peter Harbinson
talks excitedly about the new ship.
have the expertise, the technology, the manpower, the facilities and
all te know-how to build the second Titanic," he says.
full size replica of the Titanic was built, I am sure that there
would be a tremendous interest in her."
Harland & Wolff has sent copies of the original Titanic drawings
to an Ulster company Mivan Marine, which is preparing a feasibility study.
architects have finished plans for the new vessel's interior. They
feature the glass-domed grand staircase of the first Titanic,
complete with its great 21 light candelabra, Corinthian columns and
intricate wooden panelling".
admits that such a project would attract great interest but for some
the memories associated with the ship may be too much to bear.
Express approached the then three British survivors to ascertain
their feelings on the matter.
then 82 said that it was a "macabre idea&ldots; but it would be
wonderful for the men in Belfast to construct it." She also
added that "if a full-size replica of the Titanic was built in
all of its glory, I would love to see it. And if I was invited aboard
it, I would probably say yes."
was seven when she was on board Titanic and said quite strongly that
"[she is] against building a replica&ldots; to me, seeing it
would bring back a nightmare of memories."
on to say that personal sentiment does not stop those who would do
anything to proceed and so she thought that if anyone was to build a
replica of the ship, Harland and Wolff would be the best people to do it.
survivor, Edith Hasiman's daughter told the Express that her
mother would be amazed if a replica was made especially that one that
could actually sail.
Express reported that Titanic 2 could happen as early as 1999 because
the Japanese opened a theme park near Osaka Bay big enough to house
would be feasible because the Japanese would charge three times as
much for a luxury suite on the replica than an original price of
£812 in 1912 and thus recouping the £100 million spent.
just have to wait and see what happens in the future.